Category Archives: Buyers

posts related to buying a home in northern virginia, or buying a home in DC

Gut Check: Making an Offer in a Rising Housing Market

A few weekends ago I received word that an offer I had submitted on behalf of clients would be competing with other offers already in hand and that we needed to come back with our “highest and best” offer. Thus, I found myself yet again trying to give guidance to clients on the offer they…

5 Tips: What to Look For in a Home Worth Competing For

The prospect of obtaining your ideal home in today’s Northern Virginia or D.C. housing markets can be daunting. We are in a rising housing market, with low inventory, and fierce competition among home buyers. You want to come out of the process with a place to live, but you don’t want to get fleeced by…

Real Estate’s Game of… “Would you Rather?”

If you have bought, sold, rented, leased, or done any darn thing with real estate you know it is full of “would you rather” questions. The uncertainty as to whether you chose the right set of “rathers” is at the core of buyers remorse, when buyers remorse does occur. Of course, some times the buyers…

Post Hurricane Sandy: Home Buyer Due Diligence

NASA Satellite Image: Hurricane Sandy

This is just a quick note for home buyers in the general DC Metro area. If you are actively searching for a home now is a good time to know whether or not the homes you are interested have water issues. Here are a few things that you, via your agent most likely, should be…

What Can You Get For $500k In Falls Church? A Lot To Build On.

Why are American’s, on average, waiting longer to buy homes? Tough economy? sure. Flexibility to move if the right opportunity arises? Absolutely. But then, in places like Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria, or DC, there’s this aspect: For a mere $529,000 the Falls Church property below can be yours. Oh, and make sure to keep a…

EYA Properties Set To Deliver Mosaic District Townhomes

If you track with TheBeltwayLife.com, or you have been a client of mine, it is no secret that I have been enthusiastic about the Dunn Loring Metro and Merrifield area of Fairfax/Vienna for quite a while. Long an underperforming, and under-developed island in the heart of Northern Virginia, the nearly open for business Mosaic District…

Colin’s Catch Of The Day: Alexandria Row Home Renovation, Too Small or Just Right?

For today’s catch we’re checking out a renovated 1920 City of Alexandria row home. Located within walking distance of King St., the Potomac, Braddock Rd. Metro, and possibly even Del Ray’s great restaurants if you’re up for it, this home is essentially new on the inside, and includes an off-street parking space. After originally being…

Speaking of Walkable: Mosaic District Fast Becoming a Reality

Recently I have had an increased emphasis on neighborhood walkability and what some of the DC area’s most walkable communities are. Well, a new neighborhood anchored in walkability is on the horizon: The Mosaic District near the Dunn Loring Metro in Fairfax County. With shopping, restaurants, office space, and housing (supplied in large part by…

Saving Saturday: Saving Money For A House, Mortgage Payment… Or Anything Really.

After 8.5 years of marriage my wife and I, in many ways, are just getting started. However, one of the things we have done quite a bit of is navigate budgets and sliming down on our spending. Sometimes it has been to meet a specific goal and sometimes just for sport, none-the-less we have learned…

Does 6 Offers in 4 Days Sound Like a Down Market?

A couple weeks ago my phone would not stop ringing, and my email alerts were going non-stop. I had just listed a condo in Alexandria that is selling as a Short Sale, and come to find out, several potential buyers had been sitting on the sidelines just waiting for the next listing in this community…

Colin’s “Catch of the Day”: Waiting To Shine On Capitol Hill

At $750, prescription 000 this is not your standard Capitol Hill “fixer-uper”, viagra 100mg but when you consider that a polished up version of this very same home could easily fetch over $1, order 000,000 the sense of opportunity starts to fall into place. Opportunity for just anyone, no. However, for someone with the assets,…

What Is The Best Real Estate Search Site For DC Area Buyers?

Over the last several weeks I have been engaged by home buyers in numerous conversations about online real estate search websites. Many home buyers are trying to understand which sites are best, while others are wondering why they are finding a particular home on one site, but not on another, or why the “Zestimate” for…

The Premium You Pay For 5 Bedrooms In Arlington County

We all know that the DC area is an expensive place to live, order and we also know that much of Arlington County is a big contributor to that. Finally, pilule we also know that space can be a premium in that sliver of land between Fairfax County, ask The City of Falls Church, and…

Colin’s “Catch of the Day”: Is Wilson Blvd. Killing This Colonial?

In today’s “Catch of the day” I came across a typical Arlington colonial that I expect do be priced in the $600’s. However, at over 120 days on the market this property still sits at $569,000, which to me seems to be a bargain. The home has been modernized in key areas, such as the…

5 Questions Home Buyers Should Understand

In 2010 somewhere in the range of 50% of all homes purchased in the United States were purchased by first time home buyers. First time home buyers have a lot of questions about each stage of the buying process, and rightfully so. However, not all homebuyers know where to start, or what questions to ask…